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Concern over meningitis outbreak in Magwe division

Mar 6, 2009 (DVB), Residents in Magwe division's Pokokku are taking random medication to prevent meningitis after a young local died two weeks ago from the disease.

A monk in Pakokku, in central Burma, told DVB that local residents are growing increasingly nervous following the man's death.

"People are now taking these pills which they thought could prevent the meningitis," said the monk.

"They said you can't have the condition after taking the medicine once and have been giving each other advice to take it."

A doctor in central Burma said meningitis was a common medical condition in the region during the hot summer season when the dust level in the air becomes dense.

He said the condition is caused by infection in respiratory system, which can lead to inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain, possibly leading to death.

"The best thing to deal when it starts showing symptoms is to rush to a nearest hospital," said the doctor.

"At times like this, people should avoid hanging around in crowded places and also should take care of their personal hygiene."

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew


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